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 Posted: Thursday Nov 1st, 2007 07:41 PM
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alexalexander2000
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  Hey Jerry, I noticed that on another thread you were giving some good advice to a guy just starting in racing.  That thread got me to thinking, "Hey, how did Jerry Day get started?"
  You were my childhood hero (along with Doug James, Ross Fontes, and Gordy Stewart).  But...my earliest memories of you were driving that #21 car at Skagit, and also driving your #76 roadster on pavement.  
  What about earlier?  How did you get your start?  How far away from home have you raced?  Who were your best friends in racing, and who did YOU look up to as your heroes as a kid?


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 Posted: Thursday Nov 1st, 2007 08:43 PM
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I heard the story at cottage grove this summer. I don't want to give it away ..... but it's good.

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 Posted: Sunday Nov 4th, 2007 05:16 AM
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The only photo that I have of your roadster with the cage is on http://nwracechat.com/view_topic.php?id=3793&forum_id=37&page=1
Maybe a guy like Ralph Monhay might have some more. I'll check around.

Ed Williams passed some modified/sprint info onto me a while back. Here's the top ten championship points for the Washington Auto Racing Association in 1969:

Jerry Day, 535
Vern Church, 463
John McPherson, 131
Jim Edwards, 130
Gordy Stewart, 120
Dave Craver, 100
Mac McTaggart, 97
Hal Lonsdale, 93
John Helgeson, 89
Ray Curtis, 67

That info came from Phyllis Stewart.

Heck, here's some earlier top tens of the WARA

1966

Gordy Youngstrom, 964
Dave Craver, 432
Joe Webby, 352
Doug James, 344
John Helgeson, 316
Ted Feenstra, 314
Jerry Day, 289
Gerry McLees, 288
Bob Gregg, 264
Jim Roberts, 259

1967

Gordy Youngstrom, 573
Bob McLees, 431
Gerry McLees, 371
Dave Craver, 311
Jim Edwards, 216
Jerry Day, 185
Doug James, 176
Jim Roberts, 151
John Helgeson, 141
Gerry Hagerstrom, 123

Think I got at least one of those, maybe both, out of National Speed Sport News.

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 Posted: Sunday Nov 4th, 2007 05:18 AM
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Looks like the clock changeover is moving posts into odd slots.

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 Posted: Sunday Nov 4th, 2007 05:21 AM
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Hey  BUDDHA... Go Ahead and give it away, I hate to type   I will fill in the blanks during the winter and post some pictures if some one will tell me how, Just to get things on a roll the #21 car was my very first ride on dirt . The car was owned by Jr Madali  Larry Foss and Jimmie Collier  To make a long story short We set a new track record on my first time trial at Skagit?  I also ran the Roadster on Dirt a few times . Won  at Elma on the old 1/2 mile and set fast time at Skagit in the first open comp show they had there  1968 or69  This should be fun!   Jerry

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Well here's a clipping I came across from the Seattle P-I in 1961.

Attachment: Seattle PI June 3 1961.JPG (Downloaded 169 times)

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 Posted: Sunday Nov 4th, 2007 05:26 AM
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And another one from later on that same month. Definitely up with the "A" class cars at Sea-Tac. (I only looked at one month. Takes time which seems to be a rare commodity these days.)

Attachment: Seattle PI June 24 1961.JPG (Downloaded 166 times)

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 Posted: Sunday Nov 4th, 2007 05:28 AM
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Damn !!!! No wonder I feel OLD .. Still fast though  Jerry

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You learned how to go fast by racing guys like Jesse Lorenzen, Rebel Jackson, Al Rang and the rest I bet.

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 Posted: Sunday Nov 4th, 2007 05:57 AM
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Well Yes I did, plus I learned a few things racing with, Tom Sneva, Billy Foster, Art Pollard, Norm Ellifson ,Bob and Gerry Mclees,Steve Myers, Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel,Steve kinser, Bob Kinser,Roy Smith, Bob Gregg, Allen Munn, Jerry Edson, Fred Brownfield, Jimmy Boyd, Howard kading ,Gary Patterson, Jimmy Sills..... I left a lot out,   Its a long list and Would  take the whole page

  Digney, There are lots of pictures of my Roadster runing up in canada during the late 60s as a C.A.M.R.A  car with the plug in roll cage  perhaps you could post them,  Thanks , Jerry

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Jerry.....I worked with a Larry Foss for many years while at Lee Johnson Chev in Kirkland......same guy???



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  Yep, CurtK, that's the same Larry Foss.  My Dad knew him for years. He was service manager at Lee Johnson, and later owned his own race car...which, if I'm not mistaken, didn't Marty Kern drive for him at one time?

  Ram, thanks for answering the original questions.  Of course, once you got started, you brought up a whole 'nother batch of questions I want to ask. Most of all, thanks for being my hero when I was a little kid!

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One of my favorite Jerry Day pictures

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